Kayes has sent me a link to his Penang Talk Forum which has some wonderful photos of the international UPLANDS SCHOOL on Penang. For those who are interested, take a look! Even if you don’t have an interest because you never went there – STILL take a look. The buildings are beautiful and there is history. I will post this information on the website in due course.
The founding of Uplands School dates from the period of the Malayan Emergency when a communist insurrection threatened the country’s peace and stability. Attacks by insurgents against rubber estates led the Incorporated Society of Planters – I.S.P to seek a safe location where expatriate planters could send their young children to school while keeping them in Malaya.
Attacks by Insurgents
The School had two parts – most of the buildings being at the Crag Hotel site, whilst the kindergarten was in Grace Dieu. Another bungalow – Hillview -was also converted to be part of the School in 1965 to house the growing number of students. One highlight of that period on Penang Hill was the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1972.
Students at Uplands were either full boarders, or, if their parents lived in Penang, weekly boarders. To take them back to the School, the Hill Railway had to be used. In 1976, day students were accepted at the School. A year later in 1977, the Secondary Department was started.
Penang Hill was identified as a suitable location and the I.S.P leased the premises of the former Crag Hotel on Penang Hill to open a new Primary Boarding School for approximately 60 children in mid-January 1955. Among its first pupils were children from a small private school called Uplands which had been run from a bungalow on Penang Hill before 1955. This small school was subsequently absorbed into the I.S.Ps new school. It is very likely that because the new School stood for high standards in education and was also at some altitude, it was seen as fitting that the name Uplands also be adopted and its students referred to as Uplanders.
There is some talk of an Indonesian conglomerate with plans to develop the land into a high class resort. But there is a contract currently in force with a British TV company to let them shoot the TV series “Indian Summers”.
Uplands is not very far from the Holiday Inn – at Jalan Sungai Satu